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16 Awesome Six-Toed Cats Who Live In Ernest Hemingway's Old House

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Posted on August 12, 2014, at 12:44 p.m. ET

1. Photographer Henry Hargreaves tells BuzzFeed: "Ernest Hemingway was celebrated in life as a great writer, lover, sportsman, adventurer, and rebel-rouser."

Barbara Stanwyck
Henry Hargreaves

Barbara Stanwyck

2.

Joe DiMaggio
Henry Hargreaves

Joe DiMaggio

3. "What is less well known is that he was also a renowned cat lover."

Betty Grable
Henry Hargreaves

Betty Grable

4.

Hunter S. Thompson
Henry Hargreaves

Hunter S. Thompson

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5. "He was given a six-toed cat, Snowball, by a ship's captain who came to visit him in Key West."

Bumby
Henry Hargreaves

Bumby

6.

Billie Holiday
Henry Hargreaves

Billie Holiday

7. "Soon Snowball had a litter of polydactyl-gene-carrying cats, who Hemingway named after famous people of his time."

Bumby (again)
Henry Hargreaves

Bumby (again)

8.

Hemingway
Henry Hargreaves

Hemingway

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9. "Just as the Hemingway legend continues to grow after his death, so does the celebrity-named, six-toed, 55-cat colony at his home-turned-museum."

Gina Lolabrigida
Henry Hargreaves

Gina Lolabrigida

10.

Isadora Duncan
Henry Hargreaves

Isadora Duncan

11. "I was intrigued by the story of a softer side to Hemingway and gained permission for a companion shoot."

Martha Gellhorn
Henry Hargreaves

Martha Gellhorn

12.

Pilar
Henry Hargreaves

Pilar

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13. "I decided to use a contrived portrait setting befitting their genetic and celebrity heritage."

Rudolph Valentino
Henry Hargreaves

Rudolph Valentino

14.

Shine Forbes
Henry Hargreaves

Shine Forbes

15. "Like their famous namesakes, some of the cats lapped up the attention while others fled from the set like they were being chased by paparazzi."

Tennessee Williams
Henry Hargreaves

Tennessee Williams

16. Here's Henry with Winston Churchill.

Henry Hargreaves

Watch his making-of video here.

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